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June 7, 2014

Member Morning: Komodo Dragon

The Zoo will open one hour early at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Members only. See animals just as they come outside for the day, a time of day when they are most active. You’ll also get a special Meet the Keeper Talk at 8:30 a.m. This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

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Dog Days of Summer

Celebrate the African painted dog during our annual Dog Days of Summer! Find out how the Zoo is protecting one of Africa’s rarest carnivores from extinction, and learn what you can do to help. Catch one of the Keeper Talks at the painted dog habitat, meet the keepers that care for these dogs each day, and find out some cool facts about their behavior. See the dogs receive a special enrichment treat and activity in their habitat! Kids can make their own “snare wire” sculptures using pipe cleaners in our craft area. We’ll also have paw print magnets and snare wire art for sale while supplies last!
 
This amazing carnivore species is known for its unique social organization, vocalizations and hunting structure. Poaching is one of many challenges this animal faces, and it has had a serious impact on their populations. The Houston Zoo partners with conservationists in Africa to help save painted dogs by developing special radio tracking collars that can protect dogs caught in wire traps in the wild. The Zoo also sells sculptures made with this wire once used to trap the dogs.
 
Schedule of Activities
10:00-2:00 Kids’ craft area ongoing near the African Painted Dog habitat
10:00 Keeper Talk at African Painted Dogs
11:30 Enrichment Demonstration – see the dogs receive a special treat!
1:30 Keeper Talk at African Painted Dogs


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Today's Shows, Feedings, and Meet the Keeper Talks
TIMES ARE UPDATED EVERY MORNING

Wednesday July 23, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the American alligator in The Reptile House
10:30 Fruit Bat Feeding at the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:00 Story Safari at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Aquarium
11:30 Natural Encounters: Tortoise Encounter at BEC Lawn
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Natural Encounters: Bird of Prey Encounter at BEC Lawn
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
2:00 Sea Lion Intern Chat
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Orangutans in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Snake Encounter at BEC Lawn